Henri Rousseau biography
Henri Rousseau was a self-taught French painter who was ridiculed during his lifetime but was later given the title of artistic genius. For much of his life, Henri worked as a tax collector - the reason he was known as Le Douanier - to friends. He always drew, but in 1893, at almost 50-years-old, decided to devote himself to painting. His The Hungry Lion was exhibited with the Fauves in 1905.